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Counting costs of climate change

October 12th, 2017 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Global warming impacts cause substantial economic damages, hurts human health in many ways, influences the drivers of human migration, and it can jeopardise development for many of the world’s poor. Destabilising the climate can destabilise societies. Counting the costs of climate change is a challenge since the social costs can be hard to calculate and […]

Earth League’s climate scientists issue stark statement to spur action on reducing carbon emissions

September 16th, 2013 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Twelve members of the newly established Earth League – a global initiative of prominent climate scientists – have jointly published a stark statement two weeks prior to the launch of the first section of the latest IPCC’s report on climate change. The scientists agree that “the body of evidence indicating that our civilisation has already […]

The longer we wait to tackle carbon emissions the more costly it will be

September 12th, 2013 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The short-term costs of climate change mitigation could substantially increase if there is a further delay in the implementation of comprehensive international climate policies. Global economic growth would be cut back by up to 7% within the first decade after climate policy implementation if the current international stalemate is continued until 2030 – compared to […]

Human influence on climate tied to increase in monthly heat records

January 14th, 2013 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Temperature measurements from around the world indicate that monthly temperature extremes have become much more frequent. A study published in the paper ‘Global increase in record-breaking monthly-mean temperatures‘ in the journal Climatic Change shows that, on average, there are now five times as many record-breaking hot months worldwide than could be expected without long-term global […]

Greater Antarctic snowfall increases future ice loss and sea level rise

December 18th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Earlier research suggested the Antarctic ice sheet might grow under climate change because global warming leads to more precipitation as warmer air holds more moisture. New research finds that stronger snowfall increases future ice discharge from Antarctica. The paper “Increased future ice discharge from Antarctica owing to higher snowfall” published in Nature shows that a […]

Qatar Foundation and PIK to create climate change research institute

December 7th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Qatar Foundation in partnership with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) has announced the creation of a pioneering climate change research institute. It will be the first of its kind “in a country whose wealth is founded on fossil fuels,” PIK’s director Hans Joachim Schellnhuber said. “Qatar declares to confront the climate challenge, […]

Is Green Growth possible?

December 4th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Economic growth not only leads to rising turnovers and incomes but also increases greenhouse-gas emissions. Can “Green Growth” be a way out of this dilemma? Is it “a fairytale or a strategy”? Issues like this are being debated at the international climate summit in Doha. British growth critic Professor Tim Jackson; and Ottmar Edenhofer, chief […]

Satellite telemetry shows average global sea level rising 60% faster than IPCC projections

November 30th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The rate of sea-level rise in the past decades is greater than projected by the latest assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) while global temperature increases are in agreement with its best estimates. This is shown in the paper “Comparing climate projections to observations up to 2011” published in the journal Environmental […]

World Bank President says a 4°C warmer world must be avoided

November 20th, 2012 by Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Humans’ emissions of greenhouse gases are breaking new records every year. These emissions are setting the atmosphere on a path towards an average 4°Celsius increase probably by 2100. This would cause risks beyond the experience of our civilization – including heat waves, especially in the tropics, a sea-level rise affecting hundreds of millions of people, […]

World Bank report states climate change is one of the single biggest challenges facing development

November 19th, 2012 by World Bank

The world is barreling down a path to heat up by 4°Celsius by 2100, if the global community fails to act on climate change, triggering a cascade of cataclysmic changes that include extreme heat-waves, declining global food stocks and a sea-level rise affecting hundreds of millions of people, according to a scientific report “Turn Down […]